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Who are we?
UNIVERSE Giving is the charity partnership initiative of The Catholic Universe newspaper. The paper was founded in 1860 in London, and during the depression of the 1930s staff at The Universe paid for and packed Christmas food and present parcels for needy families in London. Such was the need and demand that a trust was established, which for many years served to help the needy, with small cash gifts that made a significant difference to countless lives.
Working with generous donations from Universe readers, this work continues today, as The Universe supports the vital work of many small charities, trusts and individuals working to improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable.
What do we do?
At UNIVERSE Giving We distribute financial aid quickly and effectively to people in urgent need. In particular we can offer help in situations where normal agencies and routes to assistance fail. Most of our grants are for small amounts that make a huge difference to individuals and families – urgent clothing needs, domestic appliances, shoes, medical aids, funeral expenses, food shortages, household repairs, respite breaks and other domestic needs.
How to apply:
All applications for help must be presented by a recognised person – your parish priest, a parish sister, diocesan lay worker or similar contact. These people will be aware of The Universe and how it might be able to help. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and you will not be in any way identified or named. We do, however, reserve the right to discuss your application in confidence with the nominated applicant if necessary.
Need support for your work?:
Our weekly UNIVERSE Giving column highlights many good causes, from small charities to individuals raising money. If you would like your organisation or efforts publicised, please drop me a line with details.
Contacting us (applications by post or email):
Joseph Kelly, CEO, The Universe Media Group Ltd, Guardian Print Centre, Parkway, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1SN
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